Student Engagement Online What Works and Why

Author: Katrina A. Meyer
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1119000750
Format: PDF
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What makes online learning engaging to students? Engagement depends upon designing learning that is active and collaborative, authentic and experiential, constructive and transformative. While students and instructors can inadvertently act in several ways to decrease student engagement in online coursework, research indicates a range of options that have been proven to engage students in their online courses. This report explores the learning theories, pedagogies, and active learning options that encourage student engagement, push them to think more deeply, and teach them how to learn. It guides instructors on how to evaluate the effectiveness of technological and software tools, and to evaluate and assess the activities, learning, and retention occurring in their online classes. Finally, it will help instructors find inspiration for engagement from the face-to-face settings that can be translated into the online environment. This is the 6th issue of the 40th volume of the Jossey-Bass series ASHE Higher Education Report. Each monograph is the definitive analysis of a tough higher education issue, based on thorough research of pertinent literature and institutional experiences. Topics are identified by a national survey. Noted practitioners and scholars are then commissioned to write the reports, with experts providing critical reviews of each manuscript before publication.

Optimizing Student Engagement in Online Learning Environments

Author: Kumar, A.V. Senthil
Publisher: IGI Global
ISBN: 1522536353
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Digital classrooms have become a common addition to curriculums in higher education; however, such learning systems are only successful if students are properly motivated to learn. Optimizing Student Engagement in Online Learning Environments is a critical scholarly resource that examines the importance of motivation in digital classrooms and outlines methods to reengage learners. Featuring coverage on a broad range of topics such as motivational strategies, learning assessment, and student involvement, this book is geared toward academicians, researchers, and students seeking current research on the importance of maintaining ambition among learners in digital classrooms.

Student Engagement in Campus Based and Online Education

Author: Hamish Coates
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134161522
Format: PDF
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Blended learning is firmly established in universities around the world, yet to date little attention has been paid to how students are enaging with this style of learning. Presenting a theoretically-based and empirically-validated model of engagement, this book examines the application of the model to improve the quality and productivity of university education. Covering the key qualities of blended learning, it analyses how online learning influences campus-based education, develops the student perspective of online learning, examines online learning systems as agents of change, provides insights and guidance for educational developers and administrators attempting to improve quality of learning, and considers how institutions can maximise educational returns from large investments in online learning technologies. Illustrated with case studies and developing ideas for practice, this book will be valuable reading for researchers and developers keen to improve their understanding of the emerging dynamics of contemporary student engagement with online learning.

Increasing Student Engagement and Retention in E Learning Environments

Author: Charles Wankel
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing
ISBN: 1781905169
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Web 2.0 and blended learning technologies are reshaping and reframing the practice of teaching and learning in higher education. This volume critically examines new research on how e-learning technologies are being used in higher education to increase learner engagement and retention.

Increasing Student Engagement and Retention Using Online Learning Activities

Author: Charles Wankel
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing
ISBN: 1781902372
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Uses case studies, surveys, and literature reviews to critically examine how these technologies are being used to improve writing and publishing skills, and literacy create engaging communities of practice, and as experiential learning tools. This volume discusses frameworks for deploying and assessing the effectiveness of these technologies.

Student Engagement in Online Courses

Author: Jennifer Fields Humber
Publisher:
ISBN:
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Due to the evolution of online learning, enrollments in online course have reached an all-time high. The concept of student engagement, a historically popular term used within higher education, has adopted many definitions and descriptions over time. As institutions have historically linked student engagement to aspects of academic achievement, retention, student satisfaction, and institutional success, research to determine student engagement as it relates to online students would be beneficial to the field of higher education. To understand how student engagement applies in distance education, it is necessary to first determine the definition of student engagement as perceived by online students. In this qualitative case study, twenty online learners were interviewed to gain student perceptions of engagement in online course required for distance education programs at a large public institution. Using a constructivist grounded theory approach, their perceptions were used to determine how online students define student engagement in online learning environments. Students involved in this study defined engagement by referencing the completion of coursework, communicating with instructor and peers, and individual engagement. In addition, participants interviewed in this study found discussion boards, video lectures, and individual structured assignments to be among the most engaging activities offered in this specific online course. The study also revealed certain motivations and challenges associated with online learning that contributes to students' perception and reluctance to define student engagement in online learning. The experiences shared by students lead me to conclude that online learners develop individual definitions of online engagement by consideration of their own perceptions, personal feelings, and processes of engaging. The results of this study provide higher education administrators the ability to develop resources to enhance instructional design and communication with online learners to increase overall success in online programs as well as the academic success of virtual campus students. Findings can be shared with administrators across disciplines to implement practices that enhance engagement and improve student satisfaction within online degree programs.

Student Engagement Techniques

Author: Elizabeth F. Barkley
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9780470549780
Format: PDF, ePub
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Keeping students involved, motivated, and actively learning is challenging educators across the country,yet good advice on how to accomplish this has not been readily available. Student Engagement Techniques is a comprehensive resource that offers college teachers a dynamic model for engaging students and includes over one hundred tips, strategies, and techniques that have been proven to help teachers from a wide variety of disciplines and institutions motivate and connect with their students. The ready-to-use format shows how to apply each of the book's techniques in the classroom and includes purpose, preparation, procedures, examples, online implementation, variations and extensions, observations and advice, and key resources. "Given the current and welcome surge of interest in improving student learning and success, this guide is a timely and important tool, sharply focused on practical strategies that can really matter." ?Kay McClenney, director, Center for Community College Student Engagement, Community College Leadership Program, the University of Texas at Austin "This book is a 'must' for every new faculty orientation program; it not only emphasizes the importance of concentrating on what students learn but provides clear steps to prepare and execute an engagement technique. Faculty looking for ideas to heighten student engagement in their courses will find usefultechniques that can be adopted, adapted, extended, or modified." ?Bob Smallwood, cocreator of CLASSE (Classroom Survey of Student Engagement) and assistant to the provost for assessment, Office of Institutional Effectiveness, University of Alabama "Elizabeth Barkley's encyclopedia of active learning techniques (here called SETs) combines both a solid discussion of the research on learning that supports the concept of engagement and real-life examples of these approaches to teaching in action." ?James Rhem, executive editor, The National Teaching & Learning Forum

Active Learning and Student Engagement

Author: Mick Healey
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317999517
Format: PDF, ePub
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This book examines significant issues in geography teaching and learning from the perspectives of an international network of academic geographers and postgraduate students. Drawing on classroom experiences and research in a wide variety of educational settings, the authors describe conceptually interesting and practical applications for enhancing student learning through inquiry, problem-based learning, field study, online collaboration, and other highly engaging forms of pedagogy. Other articles focus on approaches for improving the experiences of distance learners, strategies for enhancing the employability of geography students, and preparing students to engage ethical issues in the discipline. An international audience of educators will find much of value through the use of comparative examples, literature reviews encompassing research in multiple national contexts, and an underlying awareness of the diversity of practices in higher education internationally. This book is a collection of articles previously published in two special issues of the Journal of Geography in Higher Education.

Understanding and Developing Student Engagement

Author: Colin Bryson
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317802306
Format: PDF, ePub
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Enhancing the student experience, and in particular student engagement, has become a primary focus of Higher Education. It is in particularly sharp focus as Higher Education moves forward into the uncertain world of high student fees and a developed Higher Education market. Student engagement is a hot topic, in considering how to offer ‘value’ and a better student experience. Moreover it is receiving much attention all over the world and underpins so many other priorities such as retention, widening participation and improving student learning generally. Understanding and Developing Student Engagement draws from a range of contributors in a wide variety of roles in Higher Education and all contributors are actively involved in the Researching, Advancing and Inspiring Student Engagement (RAISE) Network. While utilising detailed case examples from UK universities, the authors also provide a critical review and distillation of the differing paradigms of Student Engagement in America, Australasia, South Africa and Europe, drawing upon key research studies and concepts from a variety of contexts. This book uncovers the multi-dimensional nature of student engagement, utilising case examples from both student and staff perspectives, and provides conceptual clarity and strong evidence about this rather elusive notion. It provides a firm foundation from which to discuss practices and policies that might best serve to foster engagement.

Finding what Works Online

Author: Joanna M. Miller
Publisher:
ISBN:
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Based on research performed at a single California community college, this study concludes that instructors in online classes can engage students and increase their completion and success rates by being present and visible to their students, responding quickly and robustly to student inquiries and assignments, providing ample opportunity for students to interact and work with their peers, and by presenting an organized class. The study offers suggestions for implementing online innovations to improve student engagement, completion and success. The study population was 561 students enrolled in 99 online classes at a single California community college. The study focuses on ten course features identified in literature as indicative of an engaging online class and provides descriptive statistics on those ten features as they are present in online course offerings at this community college. This study examines the impact of the features on student engagement, course completion and success. Specifically, this study examines the relationships of features in instructor presence, student interaction and course design to self-reported student engagement and institutional aggregated course completion and success rates. Additionally, this study examines the impacts of student characteristics on engagement, completion and success.